Nova 96.9

Nova 96.9 FM
Broadcast area Sydney, Australia, Central Coast, Illawarra and Southern Highlands
Slogan Live Life Nova
Frequency 96.9 MHz FM
First air date 1 April 2001 (2001-04-01)[1]
Format Top 40 (CHR)
ERP 150 kW
Class Commercial
Transmitter coordinates 33°43′43″S 151°11′1″E / 33.72861°S 151.18361°E / -33.72861; 151.18361[2]
Callsign meaning 2-New South Wales SYD-Sydney
Owner NOVA Entertainment
(Nova 96.9 Pty Ltd[3])
Sister stations Smooth 95.3
Nova 969 studios at Pyrmont

Nova 96.9 (call sign: 2SYD) is a commercial radio station operating in Sydney, Australia.

The station is owned by NOVA Entertainment along with sister station, Smooth 95.3


Nova is generally the FM station of choice for under 40's with a 8% share of the Sydney audience on average which is en par with rival KIIS FM. Kate, Tim & Marty is the highest rated Nova show receiving 13% of Sydney's Drive time audience. Smallzy's Surgery receives a good 10% share for the nighttime slot and Fitzy & Wippa receive a fair 8% of Sydney's Breakfast audience.

In November 2014, a 30-second ad on Nova in breakfast cost $535 and in drive cost $500 (with Nova holding a 6.7% and 8.6% share respectively in these slots at the time).[4]


One of the driving forces behind the creation of Nova was the growing demographic of youth who were embracing the commercialised anti-pop movement fronted by such artists as Daft Punk and Spiderbait, but for whom Triple J, operated by the publicly funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation, had no commercial incentives to offer. Initially the music selection on Nova 96.9 was very similar to that of Triple J, and a number of the station presenters, most notably former breakfast hosts Merrick and Rosso, which were also former Triple J staff. However, while Triple J has retained its alternative style, Nova has drifted towards a more commercial format. Meanwhile, other stations have adopted Nova's more varied programming style, to the point where Nova is now hard to tell apart from other commercial FM stations.

Along with its sister stations Nova 100 Melbourne, Nova 106.9 Brisbane, Nova 91.9 Adelaide and Nova 93.7 Perth, Nova claims to be Australia's leading under 40s brand.

Since 2011 Nova 96.9 have been sponsoring A-League club Sydney FC.[5]




  1. Williamson, Brooke (2001-04-02). "Radio star is born - Station mixes it with the best.". The Daily Telegraph. p. 7.
  2. The Radio and Television Broadcasting Stations Book. Australian Communications and Media Authority. October 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  3. LIC022 - Commercial Radio Broadcasting Licences (PDF), Australian Communications and Media Authority, 2011-08-31
  4. Lallo, Michael (November 9, 2014). "'Also Ran Network' seals victory with a Kiis". The Sun-Herald. Sydney, Australia.
  5. "Official Sponsors". Retrieved 18 March 2011.
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